Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Cadillac Desert -- the Story of William Mulholland and the Making of Los Angeles
This is the Real Story behind Robert Towne's brilliant 1974 picture, "Chinatown."
There are nine parts on YouTube, from a 1997 VHS videotape that's not in very good condition, but if you put up with the glitches and watch it all, you'll gain some knowledge about Los Angeles as it was and is, and from that it becomes possible to understand something of why so much of what is seems so far out of whack.
The "Chinatown" syndrome is not the only explanation for the vicissitudes we're facing, but it is a key to understanding.